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is a Javelin
The Javelin is a high performance,
single trapeze, 14ft two handed skiff raced
competitively throughout New Zealand and Australia, with fleets starting in the United
States. Its lightweight 70kg hull, and powerful,
efficient sail plan allow it to exceed speeds of 25
knots and provide an exhilarating "ride" and exciting
The Javelin is a restricted development class which
offers close exciting racing at a very affordable
price. The Javelin is a light-weight boat, and carries
a large sail area for its size. This combination makes
the Javelin a very exciting boat to race and sail.
The Javelin was designed in New
Zealand by John Spencer in 1961. Its popularity has seen it
become a National Class with fleets throughout New
Zealand and Australia.
provide sailors with good close racing, and social
a Development Class
A Restricted Development Class is one which has a
loose set of rules (or restrictions) which allow the
sailor freedom to experiment when building or modify a
boat. This freedom allows the class to evolve as
individuals find new and innovative ways of making
their yachts go faster, and faster!
An example of a Javelin Restriction is:
Rule 8.2 BEAM AT WIDEST
POINT: No part of the boat may exceed 1727mm overall
The ability to "try something out" has seen some of
yachting's biggest names design Javelin hulls. IACC
designers Bruce Farr, and Ian Murray being notable
A number of our most successful Javelin sailors prefer
to build and race Javelins of their own design.
Principal Dimensions (see
Rules for more information):
|Mast Height (above deck)
|Main Sail area
To maintain a class "look and
feel" all Javelins must have a hard-chine hull shape
and a straight bow stem.
Construction materials are
unlimited. Most Javelins are built in plywood, however
a number have been built using composite materials,
e.g. foam/glass, foam/kevlar/carbon, balsa/glass.
The Javelin is a New Zealand and Australian National
Class, with boats now being built in the United States
The Javelin is the only High-Performance Skiff class
sailed throughout the entire country. Javelins are
sailed from the bottom of the South Island in Dunedin
up to Auckland, and the Bay of Islands.
The major centres for Javelin Sailing in New Zealand
are Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, Gisborne, Wellington
and Otago. Javelins are also sailed in Huntly, Taupo,
Levin, Whakatane, Taranaki, Manawatu and Te-Anau.
The Javelin is sailed in Australia in Victoria and
For information about Javelins sailing in your area
ring one of the New Zealand or
How much is it
going to cost
The Javelin is the most affordable of all the high
performance racing dinghies.
In New Zealand a National Champion winning boat sells
for $7,000 - $10,000, with highly competitive boats
selling for $3,000 - $7,000. This price generally
includes a road and beach trailer, the boat and a
quantity of spare sails and
brand new boat, with carbon mast, carbon foils,
and all the flash stuff, will set you back around
Older less competitive boats can be picked up for $500
- $2,500. These older boats are good for those new to
Javelins to get a feel for the class without the extra
outlay required for a newer boat.
These prices compare very well with other centre-board
dinghies. If you are looking for maximum speed and
enjoyment at an affordable price why look any further,
have a look at our Boats for Sale listings
The Javelin attracts a variety of people of various
ages. Occupations range from Bank Managers, Farmers,
Engineers and Carpenters to Sail Makers, Boat Builders
Because its not an Olympic class, the Javelin remains
affordable, not only to purchase but also to keep in
race winning condition. You also don't have to worry
about being beaten by someone who sails professionally
and trains all day.
Although it's a high performance boat,
the Javelin caters for a wide age range. Current
sailor's ages range from around 17 to more than 50.
The ability to configure your boat to your budget,
fitness and ability means that the older guys are
still able to win and teach the younger sailors a
thing or to.
The class is especially attractive to those in their
early 20's, cheap fast racing, good competitions, social events and constant challenges are major
The Javelin is NOT a family dinghy for day sailing!
The combination of a light weight planing hull design
and generous sail area make the Javelin a fast,
challenging and exhilarating boat to sail.
A Javelin will plane up-wind in 10kts of wind speed,
when 3-sail reaching using a Gennaker speeds in excess
of 20kts are readily achievable. Although high-powered
the Javelin can be sailed up to about 30 knots of true
The Javelin is quite a stable boat at speed, however
it does require a pretty experienced crew to get the
most out of it around a race track on a gusty day.
High speed capsizes are inevitable every now and then
and make for some pretty entertaining stories when the
A major attraction of the Javelin is the variety of
competitions in which you can compete. National and
Regional championships are held in New Zealand and
Australia, and every two years both sides of the
Tasman clash with the South Pacific titles. See the
Competitions section for